Our mission is to to utilize the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes.
Watershed programs have reached over 100,000 youths
Creating educational opportunities for any age at any time
Providing undergraduates with experience in cutting edge research
Students' water Research Satisfies thirst for knowledge.
Chesapeake Bay Watershed research spans more than 30 years
In Memoriam: Preston Chester Caruthers (January 18, 1927-January 1, 2023)
The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) is one of the key components of George Mason University’s new Potomac Science Center.
PEREC focuses on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices, so that the local ecosystem will be healthy for years to come. We translate our research into award winning and engaging field programs for K-12 students and the larger community.
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PEREC has led long-term research on Gunston Cove, which is now recognized as an international case study for ecosystem recovery. Read the results of 35 years of research here.
PEREC has been involved in studying and preparing plans to lower Green House Gas Emissions.